Video: Detectives release images of suspects wanted in connection with violent clashes at Millwall V Wigan match at Wembley Stadium
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Four police officers were injured as supporters fought each other in the stands
Detectives have released images of 10 people they wish to speak to in connection with the violent scenes that marred the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Four police officers were injured after Millwall fans appeared to clash with each other shortly before half time and towards the end of their side’s 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
A number of fans were shown on television cameras as they got into scuffles with police officers and with fellow supporters, many were left with blood on their faces.
One fan was seen grinning as he stole a policeman’s helmet and stuffed it inside his jacket in the stadium.
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Police made 11 arrests in the stadium.
The Met is working with the FA, Wembley Stadium and other partners to identify those involved as part of Operation Arrowtip.
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DCI Andy Barnes, who is in charge of the review and investigation into the violence, said: “The scenes of violence at Wembley were wholly unacceptable.
“We want to reassure the public that we are working closely with our partners to do everything possible to remove these people from the stands. “We are committed to bringing them to justice and in doing so we will seek to obtain lengthy football banning orders for all those found guilty at court.”
He added: “Over 60,000 fans went to this game to support their teams, sadly there was a small minority intent on violence. In sending a clear message to those intent on causing trouble, I would appeal for help from the public to identify any of the suspects featured in the images we are releasing today.”
Anyone who recognises someone in the images or has any information should call 020 8246 0076 (not 24 hours) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Richard Freeman, 53 of St Neots in Cambridgeshire, has been charged with breach of bail conditions, and Terance Cape, 43, of the New Cross area in South East London, is accused of racially aggravated behaviour.
Both men will appear at Hendon Magistrates Court on May 1.
Click on the photo gallery at the right to see the images of the 10 suspects.